Stacking Shipping Containers Safely

Stacking Shipping Containers Safely

When you are moving cargo on a ship, stacking shipping containers is very easy. Containers are specially designed to fit securely on top of each other.  They can be stacked up to nine containers high. The corners of the containers are reinforced.  This ensures the containers stay in place during their journey. 

However, when you are stacking modified containers to create a multi-container structure, you must take more precautions.  Safety must be your priority when stacking the containers.  Safely stacking will ensure they retain their structural integrity. 

To safely construct a multi-container unit, Portables 360 uses the following guideline for stacking shipping containers: 

Stacking Shipping Containers Safely 

If the construction site where the containers will be stacked is prepared, our service techs will stack the containers immediately. The containers will be removed from the trucks in the order that they are required to construct the building.  They will be placed in  correct position. 

In most cases, we recommend that a crane is used for stacking the containers. Straps are placed at the four corners of each container.  Next, they are safely lifted and placed in position. Using a crane provides extra safety measures. Cranes can suspend the container until it is placed perfectly.

On some occasions, a heavy-duty forklift can be used for stacking containers. If a forklift is used, it must be rated for the weight limits of the containers.  Additionally, it must have the capability of lifting the container up high enough to be stacked.  Finally, it must be operated by an experienced technician. Using a forklift can be beneficial.  Ask us the best way to stack your shipping containers.

Securing the Shipping Containers Properly

When you are constructing a multi-level container building, it will be necessary to secure the base containers to the foundation.  This creates extra strength and security. Once we have secured the bottom containers, each container that is placed on top is secured in order. 

We use a locking system to connect our containers. This is the most secure connecting method to use on our container systems. These connections are placed at the corners of each container as well as any other key spot to help with structural integrity. 

Final Securing Measures 

Once the structures have been locked together, our crew will make sure that the containers are protected from the weather. To do this, we will caulk all seams. This protects the containers from water entering the containers and gives added strength to the structure.  A waterproof structure is an extremely important benefit to a shipping container structure.

We will also add flashing to the containers.  The added roof cap will deflect rainwater and snow. These finishing touches give your container the extra protection it needs to last. 

Once all of these tasks have been completed, the next steps in construction, such as electrical and plumbing installation, can begin. 


Connecting Shipping Containers for Your Business

Connecting Shipping Containers for Your Business

Repurposing shipping containers into new structures is a high-demand service.  They are strong and durable. These structures can be converted into any type of building.  Slight modifications result in useful and profitable structures.  But what if you need more room? 

Great news!  You can connect multiple shipping containers together to create a single, spacious structure. All it takes is a little bit of engineering and a little bit of extra setup time. 

Creating A Multi-Container Unit From Connecting Shipping Containers 

Creating a structure out of multiple containers starts in the engineering department. To begin, our engineers will look at the purpose of the structure.  In addition, they will consider any special needs you may have for the interior.  Finally, they will create a support system for the containers. 

One side of each container will be removed.  They will be connected together at their final destination. While they are being modified, new supports will be put into place according to the specs given by the engineering department. This ensures the integrity of the container remains durable for years. 

When the containers arrive at the new location and are put into place, our assembly team will either weld or caulk the two containers together to form a single unit. When completed, they will install a threshold cover in the interior to protect the seam.  This will also improve safety. Next, they will place a ridge cap on the roof of the container unit over the seam to prevent any potential water from seeping into the unit. 

Now electricity and plumbing are hooked up.  The new building is ready to be used.  The process of connecting shipping containers is efficient.

If the building needs to be moved at a later date, the weld or caulk can easily be removed.  The pieces can be separated and the building shipped by truck to its new location. 

Benefits of Connecting Shipping Containers

As you can see, the process is straightforward.  Connecting shipping containers into a new building structure will save your business money.  Building a new space takes more time. Connecting shipping containers is cost- and time-effective.  Additionally, you can secure two or more containers together.  You decide the amount of space needed.  In some cases, you can even connect shipping containers on top of each other to make multi-layered units.  

Repurposing storage containers is not only an environmentally friendly way to build a new structure, it is also cost-effective. Depending on the space you are making, using a container can be 50 percent less expensive than building a brand new structure. 

We look forward to speaking with you and determining the best application for your business.

Portables 360 Supporting Quest Diagnostics Nationwide

Portables 360 Supporting Quest Diagnostics Nationwide

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many medical businesses struggling to keep up with the demand for space. Medical facilities around the world have been filled to capacity with patients, and testing centers are overwhelmed by these facilities to process necessary testing for these patients.  Portables 360 Supporting Quest Diagnostics Nationwide working together to help manage the virus.

Add to this the need to have testing centers for the general public and testing centers for antibody testing, and the need for medical space quadruples.

Quest Diagnostics has addressed this problem by having portable shipping containers converted into portable testing facilities and storage centers. Working with Portables360, Quest Diagnostics was able to have additional testing space created at 5 of their locations nationwide by repurposing used shipping containers.

Quest Diagnostics was also able to create a secure storage facility for COVID testing equipment and samples by having Portables360 customize a shipping container. The result was a secure space that is portable if necessary.

Portables 360 Supporting Quest Diagnostics Nationwide

Storage Containers Are Useful For More Than COVID Testing.

Shipping containers have been converted into triage centers for medical facilities to help separate COVID patients form other patients. Private testing centers have found a way to have on-site testing in remote areas by using a portable office setting. Government agencies have used the containers as a way to distribute personal protection equipment. The list is long in ways these shipping containers have helped fill a need during this crisis.

Converting a shipping container into an office space, testing center, or secured storage space can be done quickly. All of our container conversions are completed on-site and to our client’s specifications. The containers are then delivered to your preferred location.

Repurposed containers do not have to be permanently secured to the ground. The weight of the container will provide all of the stability you need to have a safe and secure space. When you are done with the project, you can have the container moved to the next location quite easily.

Modifying shipping containers is a cost-effective way to create more work or storage space in a hurry. You can create a solid and secure structure that will meet your needs and remain portable for future projects. If you have a need for more work or storage space, Portables360 can help you customize a container to meet that need.



Crossover Electrical Systems

Crossover Electrical Systems

When you are repurposing portable storage containers, the most commonly added feature to the unit is electricity. Nearly every type of repurposed container will need power.  Even if it is just for temperature control features. However, if you are running an office, home, or workshop in these containers, you will also need outlets.  You may need other electrical connections as well.

For those who are using multiple containers to build a larger structure, electricity connection can become a nightmare.  


What Are Crossover Electrical Systems? 

Crossover electrical systems are a type of wiring structure.  They allow each container to be interconnected. You only need to run one main power source for the structure. This eliminates a lot of the expense for the container owner when it comes to connecting electricity at a property. 

Portable 360 in-house electricians will wire portable shipping containers so they can be connected effortlessly.  We use color-coded plugs.  Once the containers arrive at their destination, the on-site electricians plug the containers into each other for electricity to flow through the system. Only a single power source will be necessary for the entire unit.  This makes it easier and more cost-effective for the owner. 


Saving Money And Time with Crossover Electrical Systems

Once the portable storage containers are in place, the assembly crews can easily connect the plugs together between the containers. This will not require any specialized electrical work to be completed,  The unit owner will not have to worry about hiring an electrician to connect the units together. 

Of course, it will be necessary to hire an electrician to complete the main power connection to the unit. Electrical work of this nature should be left to a professional.  Safety is a priority at Portables 360.  As you know, there are dangers associated with working with electricity. Local building ordinances may also require the use of a licensed electrician when establishing power to a new structure. 

Using the crossover electrical system will also save portable storage container owners a lot of time. When your storage containers arrive, it will literally only take a few minutes to connect the electrical plugs between the units. This will help speed the process of having the containers ready for use. 

Shipping containers that are converted into other structures are an affordable alternative to building a structure brand new. They offer a sturdy base that can be used for any purpose. The ability to add electricity to these units makes them even more versatile. 

Portables 360 now offers crossover electrical systems for multi-unit structures. This increases the speed at which these units can become operational when they are delivered.  It also decreases the overall costs for the owners when hooking up the main power lines. 


Portable Container Site Preparation (FAQ)

Portable Container Site Preparation (FAQ)

You have ordered your shipping container!  It is being prepared!  Now it is time to make sure the area where your container will be located is ready. In preparation for the delivery of your new portable container, you will want to go over our FAQs about site preparation.  Prepare for Portable Containers Installation.

Site Preparation for a Shipping Container

How you prepare your property will depend on how long the container will remain at the location.

If you have a container that will be moved often, you can place the container on a cleared, flat piece of ground with open soil.  Another option is a parking lot. If you place the shipping container on bare soil, make sure that the soil is well packed.  Additionally, it cannot  have more than a 2 percent grade.

If your container remains in that location for over 30 days, you will want to place it on a parking lot, driveway, or concrete slab. If you place the container on bare earth, you will need to make sure that the container remains level by checking it monthly. A container that becomes off-level can cause electrical hazards and plumbing problems.

Other Preparations To Do Before Delivery

There are a few things that you should do before your container is delivered / Prepare for Portable Containers Installation:

  •  Check with the local building authorities to find out if you need any special permits to have the container on your property. If so, make sure that they are in place before the arrival.
  •  Verify the delivery date.  You can have any necessary equipment for moving the container available on your property.

Preparation For Electrical Hook Up

All electrical work should be completed by a licensed electrician. While you are waiting for your portable container to arrive, you will want to:

  • Verify that the area where you are placing the container has access to electricity. If not, make preparations to have electricity run to that area.
  • Check with the local building department to find out if you need any special permits.
  • Verify that the electrical system on the property is compatible with the container.

Hire a licensed electrician to complete electrical work prior to arrival and to connect electric service to the container once it arrives.

plumbing preparation for container

Preparation For Plumbing

For health and safety reasons, it is recommended that you use a licensed plumber to connect the water and sewer lines to your container.

  • Check the local building department to find out if permitting is necessary.
  • Verify water and sewer line availability where you are going to place the container.
  • Hire a licensed plumber to set up water and sewer systems.

For answers to questions you may have about preparing for the delivery of your portable container, speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members at Portables 360.

Shipping Containers Benefit the Telecom Industry

Shipping Containers Benefit the Telecom Industry

The telecom industry is growing at a rate unseen in any other industry. As new technologies emerge, the Internet is a major part of their functions. Demand for more telecom access will increase. These technologies are referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). This is an industry that is anticipated to be valued at over $1.6 trillion by 2025!

With the exponential growth of this industry in mind, telecom companies need to find cost-effective ways to protect telecom equipment. This helps them expand at the same rate as the technology industry.

The Benefits of Shipping Containers as Telecom Shelters 

Telecom shelters are protective units that contain telecommunications equipment.  This enables the areas that the shelter serves to access the Internet. These shelters house sensitive equipment.  Shelters must be able to protect the equipment from weather conditions, vandalism, and theft. 

Most of these shelters are made from precast concrete that has to be modified to allow for temperature control and security. Shelters are also permanent structures. This causes additional costs to the telecom company when expanding in an area.  Moving the shelter is costly but is necessary at times.

Portables360 found the perfect solution for the telecom industry.  Convert shipping containers into telecom shelters! 

The benefits of shipping containers as telecom shelters include: 

  • Weather-resistant construction even in the most extreme temperatures 
  • Easy to modify the interior to accommodate equipment 
  • Climate control features can be added 
  • Easy to secure 
  • Portable solution and can easily be moved to rough terrains 

A close look at the need for telecom shelters shows that using portable containers will fill the need for rapid expansion efforts.  Using these containers will also reduce the cost of expansion. Shipping containers are built for extended use in the most extreme conditions. These containers will outlast any concrete container by years. 

Shipping containers are available in a variety of sizes.     Each container can be customized for a specific location or need. The telecom industry will significantly benefit from using portable shipping containers.  They are the perfect alternative to the concrete telecom structure currently being used.